Morocco is one of the leading destinations for international tourists traveling to Africa. In 2019, international tourism made up 47 percent of the total tourism in Morocco. The number of tourists arriving in the country has generally increased in the last decade. While numbers were definitely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020, inbound tourism recovered already in 2021. In recent years, Moroccan nationals residing abroad accounted for almost half of the international tourist arrivals. Moreover, Europe represented the main region of origin of visitors entering Morocco.
Large international tourist spending
Reflecting the strong presence of inbound visitors in Morocco, tourist expenditure mainly originated from international travelers rather than domestic tourism in recent years. In 2022, the international tourism expenditure in the country was forecast at around two million U.S. dollars. Previously, the total inbound spending had peaked at over three million U.S. dollars in 2018, while it declined sharply in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with a gradual recovery, spending is forecast to reach a new peak by 2025.
A key sector for economy and employment
The tourism sector remains a major economic contributor in Morocco, adding around nine billion U.S. dollars to the country's GDP in 2021. As a key contributor, the sector provides numerous job opportunities in the country. Morocco's tourism industry employed over 560,000 people in 2019, representing roughly five percent of the total employment in the country. For instance, the number of people employed in hotels and accommodation establishments amounted to almost 150,000, while around 25,000 employees worked in travel agencies in the country.
Increasing accommodation capacity
With the growing influx of tourists in Morocco, the number of hotels and accommodation services in the country has increased in recent years, reaching approximately 4,300 in 2019. Specifically, the country registered a tourist accommodation capacity of over 280,000 beds in 2021. The room occupancy rate in hotels and similar establishments in the North African country stood at 48 percent in 2019, while it fell to 26 percent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Hotel guests spent an average of three nights in Morocco's hotel facilities.
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